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Where to Eat, Drink, and Party on New Year's Eve

Festive menus, drinks, and live music to ring in the New Year in New Orleans

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If you're venturing out for New Years Eve, it’s important to plan ahead, now more than ever. From backyard bashes to ritzy prix fixe dinners, top New Orleans bars and restaurants are playing host with a number of ways to celebrate. The below list includes casual spots perfect for taking in a live show, romantic Uptown stunners, restaurants located near all the action in the Quarter, and a handful of Bywater destinations if you’re taking in fireworks at Crescent Park. There are plenty of prix-fixe dinners, and price points on this map range from under $10 to $225 per person.

Everything below takes place on Friday, December 31. Eater Nola suggests locking down those reservations now, as these restaurants will book up fast. If we missed a restaurant or bar hosting a special NYE this year, let us know; this map will continue to be updated.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Boucherie

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An indulgent meal set in Boucherie’s charming, romantic cottage in Carrollton is a special-occasion must; for NYE this year the five-course tasting menu doesn’t disappoint. It includes foie gras grilled cheese with toasted milk; pasta Carbonara with pancetta and a cured egg; sopa de champiñones; and short rib with wild mushroom, among other dishes, for $125 with optional $50 wine pairing.

Boucherie

New Year’s Eve is all about the food at the elegant Avo — delicate, refined Italian cuisine different from much of the city’s other Italian-leaning options. The three-course prix fixe menu is $80, excluding taxes and fees, and includes options of short rib ravioli or sesame-crusted tuna to start; wild striped bass and spinach gnocchi, NY strip Pizzaiola, or rosemary chicken with fettucine for the entree; and two options of dessert. Book on Resy.

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Mister Mao

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The celebratory, irreverent vibe at Mister Mao feels most appropriate for a New Year’s Eve bash, and there’s a festive special menu to accompany the bold drinks and decor. Priced at $85 per person, the four-course menu includes crispy gulf oysters pakoras; charred cauliflower picada; Bengali meat + three; and coconut milk gulf prawns. Dessert, always a highlight, is a choice between gluten free cashew meringue cake or dark chocolate cheesecake. Reservations are available for two seatings on December 31, at 6 and 9 p.m.

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Red Gravy

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Indulge in comforting Italian specialties on New Year’s Eve at the warm and welcoming Red Gravy, open for dinner New Year’s Eve with live music and the regular menu. If the stuffed artichokes are on special, get them — they’ve been known to weigh in at three pounds each. Reserve your seats here.

The Columns

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Spend this New Year’s Eve in classic New Orleans style at the revamped Columns Hotel, which is hosting a ’Midnight in New Orleans’ party. For $200, guests can expect an evening filled with live music, champagne, caviar, raw and chilled seafood, a carving station, and desserts. See here for full details and to purchase a ticket.

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Toups Meatery

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Chef Isaac Toups is getting a bit fancy for New Year’s Eve this year, with special offerings like caviar service with umami potato chips, creme fraiche, and a chilled vodka shot ($125); a number of Wagyu steaks; and specialty sides. If you’re more interested in the Mid City restaurant’s beloved specialties, fear not — the regular menu will also be available. It’s open on New Year’s Eve for lunch, happy hour, and dinner.

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Marjie's Grill

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It always feels like a party at neighborhood destination Marjie’s, even more so on New Year’s Eve this year, when guests can expect an ‘Olive Garden’ theme night, sure to surprise and delight. Reserve a seat on the lovely patio between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m.

Coquette

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The always romantic Coquette will be open on New Year’s Eve with a special menu — hours and menu are still to be announced, but it’s safe to expect a great evening here. The most recent tasting menu was a regionally-sourced pescatarian menu, which bodes well for the holiday, and the restaurant’s desserts are always a highlight, making for a great last taste of 2021. In years past the Garden District restaurant has only taken reservations by phone, so give them a call.

The Pool Club at Virgin Hotels New Orleans

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Looking for a true party vibe this New Year’s Eve? The brand new Virgin Hotels New Orleans is aiming for just that on its rooftop, where it’s hosting Studio 504, complete with Champagne towers, go-go dancers, fire twirlers, disco balls, and fireworks. Tickets for the party, which starts at 8 p.m., are $50 per person — and FYI, costumes are required for entry. Looking for dinner before? Downstairs, chef Alex Harrell is serving his contemporary Southern menu at the Commons Club from 5 to 10 p.m.

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Herbsaint

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Count on Herbsaint for a memorable meal to end the year. Chef ce cuisine Tyler Spreen is preparing a five-course, prix fixe menu for $150 per person, a menu that combines holiday-worthy ingredients like caviar and uni; quail and foie gras sausage; and wagyu strip with Madeira truffle. Call the restaurant to reserve your table.

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Palm&Pine

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Situated on the outskirts of the Quarter and offering a distinctly different menu and vibe from its surroundings, Palm&Pine is always offering something different, including this New Year’s Eve. A four-course meal for $75 features appearances by fried chicken livers, duck boudin, mushroom gnocchi, and clams and hominy and comes with optional wine or cocktail pairing for an additional $45; this spot is known for its interesting cocktails, so give it a try.

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Peacock Room

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Want to go all out for New Year’s Eve? A seafood-and-more tower at the new Peacock Room is one way to go about it. The NYE Peacock Tower is stacked with truffle lobster salad, potato crusted oyster and caviar, shrimp-prosciutto summer rolls, beef and beet tartare, and duck bacon blts. After catch a live performance by Jordan Anderson of the J & the Causeways performs from 9 p.m. to midnight, capped off by a Champagne toast.

NYE Peacock Tower
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Effervescence

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What’s more appropriate than ringing in the new year with sparkling wine enthusiasts? Effervescence always has a theme for New Year’s Eve, and this year it’s the “Golden Age of Edwardian cuisine and adventure.” First is the Champagne hour from 4:30 to 6 p.m., followed by a reservations-required, seven-course chef’s tasting menu accompanied by live music and capped off with a midnight toast. Full details are here — by the way, Edwardian evening wear is encouraged.

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Cafe Sbisa

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At this French Quarter gem, chef Alfred Singleton offers guests a classic Creole menu for NYE, dishes like oysters Sbisa, shrimp remoulade, and trout Eugene. Cafe Sbisa seatings start at 5:30 p.m. and if weather permits, a balcony table delivers boffo fireworks views.

Three Muses

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Grab an early bite at this fun Frenchmen Street eatery, known for awesome small plates and craft cocktails as well as live music, before venturing out for club hopping. Three Muses is a small space but reservations are available.

Carnaval Lounge

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Serving up some of the best birria tacos in town, not to mention the cauliflower option, Carnaval is always a great weekend option for local live music and good bites. This year for New Year’s Eve it’s the Painted Hands, Midriff, and Berlin Taxi playing; happy hour specials from 8 to 9 p.m.; and a $10 cover.

Bywater American Bistro

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When chef Nina Compton prepares a special menu at her neighborhood stunner Bywater American Bistro, you want to be there. For $150 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), the menu includes flounder crudo; mushroom brodo with truffles; and red wine braised short ribs. It’s open on NYE from 5:30 to 10 p.m.; call or visit Resy for reservations.

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The Country Club

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This funky Bywater restaurant is sure to be a fun spot to ring in the New Year — it’s opening up the outdoor pool area and giving guests free run of the club for the holiday. Country Club chef Chris Barbato knocks it out of the park with his regular menu along with a special five-course meal — the petite Reveillon — for two, for just $50. Think shrimp and scallop crudo; crab and artichoke Portofino; and braised short ribs.

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Bacchanal Wine

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Seating is first come, first serve at Bacchanal, the much loved backyard haven in the Bywater. Live local music is in the air 7 to 10 p.m. and you can enjoy small plates, cheese and wine before heading over to Crescent Park for the fireworks — it’s right down the street!

Boucherie

An indulgent meal set in Boucherie’s charming, romantic cottage in Carrollton is a special-occasion must; for NYE this year the five-course tasting menu doesn’t disappoint. It includes foie gras grilled cheese with toasted milk; pasta Carbonara with pancetta and a cured egg; sopa de champiñones; and short rib with wild mushroom, among other dishes, for $125 with optional $50 wine pairing.

Boucherie

Avo

New Year’s Eve is all about the food at the elegant Avo — delicate, refined Italian cuisine different from much of the city’s other Italian-leaning options. The three-course prix fixe menu is $80, excluding taxes and fees, and includes options of short rib ravioli or sesame-crusted tuna to start; wild striped bass and spinach gnocchi, NY strip Pizzaiola, or rosemary chicken with fettucine for the entree; and two options of dessert. Book on Resy.

Avo

Mister Mao

The celebratory, irreverent vibe at Mister Mao feels most appropriate for a New Year’s Eve bash, and there’s a festive special menu to accompany the bold drinks and decor. Priced at $85 per person, the four-course menu includes crispy gulf oysters pakoras; charred cauliflower picada; Bengali meat + three; and coconut milk gulf prawns. Dessert, always a highlight, is a choice between gluten free cashew meringue cake or dark chocolate cheesecake. Reservations are available for two seatings on December 31, at 6 and 9 p.m.

Katherine Kimball/Eater NOLA

Red Gravy

Indulge in comforting Italian specialties on New Year’s Eve at the warm and welcoming Red Gravy, open for dinner New Year’s Eve with live music and the regular menu. If the stuffed artichokes are on special, get them — they’ve been known to weigh in at three pounds each. Reserve your seats here.

The Columns

Spend this New Year’s Eve in classic New Orleans style at the revamped Columns Hotel, which is hosting a ’Midnight in New Orleans’ party. For $200, guests can expect an evening filled with live music, champagne, caviar, raw and chilled seafood, a carving station, and desserts. See here for full details and to purchase a ticket.

The Columns

Toups Meatery

Chef Isaac Toups is getting a bit fancy for New Year’s Eve this year, with special offerings like caviar service with umami potato chips, creme fraiche, and a chilled vodka shot ($125); a number of Wagyu steaks; and specialty sides. If you’re more interested in the Mid City restaurant’s beloved specialties, fear not — the regular menu will also be available. It’s open on New Year’s Eve for lunch, happy hour, and dinner.

Toups Meatery

Marjie's Grill

It always feels like a party at neighborhood destination Marjie’s, even more so on New Year’s Eve this year, when guests can expect an ‘Olive Garden’ theme night, sure to surprise and delight. Reserve a seat on the lovely patio between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m.

Coquette

The always romantic Coquette will be open on New Year’s Eve with a special menu — hours and menu are still to be announced, but it’s safe to expect a great evening here. The most recent tasting menu was a regionally-sourced pescatarian menu, which bodes well for the holiday, and the restaurant’s desserts are always a highlight, making for a great last taste of 2021. In years past the Garden District restaurant has only taken reservations by phone, so give them a call.

The Pool Club at Virgin Hotels New Orleans

Looking for a true party vibe this New Year’s Eve? The brand new Virgin Hotels New Orleans is aiming for just that on its rooftop, where it’s hosting Studio 504, complete with Champagne towers, go-go dancers, fire twirlers, disco balls, and fireworks. Tickets for the party, which starts at 8 p.m., are $50 per person — and FYI, costumes are required for entry. Looking for dinner before? Downstairs, chef Alex Harrell is serving his contemporary Southern menu at the Commons Club from 5 to 10 p.m.

Virgin Hotels New Orleans

Herbsaint

Count on Herbsaint for a memorable meal to end the year. Chef ce cuisine Tyler Spreen is preparing a five-course, prix fixe menu for $150 per person, a menu that combines holiday-worthy ingredients like caviar and uni; quail and foie gras sausage; and wagyu strip with Madeira truffle. Call the restaurant to reserve your table.

Bill Addison/Eater

Palm&Pine

Situated on the outskirts of the Quarter and offering a distinctly different menu and vibe from its surroundings, Palm&Pine is always offering something different, including this New Year’s Eve. A four-course meal for $75 features appearances by fried chicken livers, duck boudin, mushroom gnocchi, and clams and hominy and comes with optional wine or cocktail pairing for an additional $45; this spot is known for its interesting cocktails, so give it a try.

Palm&Pine

Peacock Room

Want to go all out for New Year’s Eve? A seafood-and-more tower at the new Peacock Room is one way to go about it. The NYE Peacock Tower is stacked with truffle lobster salad, potato crusted oyster and caviar, shrimp-prosciutto summer rolls, beef and beet tartare, and duck bacon blts. After catch a live performance by Jordan Anderson of the J & the Causeways performs from 9 p.m. to midnight, capped off by a Champagne toast.

NYE Peacock Tower
Jessica Retif/Peacock Room

Effervescence

What’s more appropriate than ringing in the new year with sparkling wine enthusiasts? Effervescence always has a theme for New Year’s Eve, and this year it’s the “Golden Age of Edwardian cuisine and adventure.” First is the Champagne hour from 4:30 to 6 p.m., followed by a reservations-required, seven-course chef’s tasting menu accompanied by live music and capped off with a midnight toast. Full details are here — by the way, Edwardian evening wear is encouraged.

Effervescence
Josh Brasted

Cafe Sbisa

At this French Quarter gem, chef Alfred Singleton offers guests a classic Creole menu for NYE, dishes like oysters Sbisa, shrimp remoulade, and trout Eugene. Cafe Sbisa seatings start at 5:30 p.m. and if weather permits, a balcony table delivers boffo fireworks views.

Three Muses

Grab an early bite at this fun Frenchmen Street eatery, known for awesome small plates and craft cocktails as well as live music, before venturing out for club hopping. Three Muses is a small space but reservations are available.

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Carnaval Lounge

Serving up some of the best birria tacos in town, not to mention the cauliflower option, Carnaval is always a great weekend option for local live music and good bites. This year for New Year’s Eve it’s the Painted Hands, Midriff, and Berlin Taxi playing; happy hour specials from 8 to 9 p.m.; and a $10 cover.

Bywater American Bistro

When chef Nina Compton prepares a special menu at her neighborhood stunner Bywater American Bistro, you want to be there. For $150 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), the menu includes flounder crudo; mushroom brodo with truffles; and red wine braised short ribs. It’s open on NYE from 5:30 to 10 p.m.; call or visit Resy for reservations.

Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

The Country Club

This funky Bywater restaurant is sure to be a fun spot to ring in the New Year — it’s opening up the outdoor pool area and giving guests free run of the club for the holiday. Country Club chef Chris Barbato knocks it out of the park with his regular menu along with a special five-course meal — the petite Reveillon — for two, for just $50. Think shrimp and scallop crudo; crab and artichoke Portofino; and braised short ribs.